Charlottesville Vigil

Batten Graduate Council President Maggie Gratz's Statement on Events in Charlottesville

The Batten Graduate Council denounces the violent and hateful acts that took place on our Grounds and in our broader community this past weekend.

To our incoming postgraduate students unfamiliar with Charlottesville and the values of Batten and the University of Virginia, know inclusion and respect are held above all. Such bigotry is not welcomed or tolerated.

As policy students and future leaders of our nation, we reaffirm our commitment to ethical action and policy reform. We must collaborate with each other and all others, especially community stakeholders, to dismantle white supremacy and hatred here in the City and beyond.​ ​

I look forward to working alongside you this upcoming year, and to discussing these issues further ​once classes officially ​resume. As always, please do not hesitate ​to ​reach out to myself or other Council members at any time.

Whether​ in​ Garrett Hall or elsewhere, it is paramount that we, ​members of the Batten community, and fellow human beings, continue to pursue empathy​, unity, and a better tomorrow for ourselves and future generations.

As we condemn the acts of violence that filled Charlottesville city streets earlier this month, and the groups and individuals that organized to perpetrate them—and as we rise to action to counter these anti-American sentiments and movements—let us recall that as alumni, we too are members of the Batten community.  And, as members of the Batten community, and fellow human beings, let us continue to pursue empathy, unity, and a better tomorrow for ourselves and future generations.